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The Point Where corporate Legal needs the services of a specialist, it should look primarily among law firm partners for the practitioner who has spent years — more typically decades — focused on the narrow legal area in which the company’s need arises (more on this here and here). Surprisingly, attorneys employed by such firms […]

One practical consequence of the big gap between attorneys’ excellent formal schooling and the skills they need to do excellent work for clients: Attorneys who graduated from law school 4 years ago or less typically lack the skills they need to serve the client independently — i.e., without “supervision”. … Leading law practice consultant Jordan […]

There’s not much in the way of practical how-to instruction for new attorneys. So there’s a big gap between their excellent formal schooling and the skills needed to do excellent work for clients.   This gap poses two practical consequences: Attorneys who graduated from law school less than 4 years ago typically lack the skills they […]

The Point Why approach the contracting function as a form of business process management? Two reasons. First, efficient contracting drives — and ad hoc contracting impedes — cash flow. By making the order-to-cash cycle fast or slow. Second, efficient contracting enables quick action — and ad hoc contracting creates roadblocks — in any operation where […]

The Point “Corporate Legal”. For decades this phrase has referred to people who have been formally trained and experienced in only one discipline: law. And these people have had just one function: advice and representation on how statutes and regulations — and the courts and government agencies that apply them — could constrain a company’s […]

The Point From a November 28 report in American Lawyer Media / (subscription required): “‘Surprised, Angry, Dismayed’: Legal Departments Vow to Fight Law Firms’ Rate-Hike Plans … The in-house legal community is expressing outrage that law firms will be pressing for aggressive rate hikes in 2023, even though they know that legal departments are […]

The Point Too often the legal profession uses its power to regulate the competence of its service providers (a good goal) simply to protect lawyers from unwanted competition (a bad goal). Medical authorities have developed care specialties performed by professionals outside the category of licensed physician, who are highly trained — and who do their […]

The Point As I wrote in my previous post, the U.S. legal profession confines its formal training to a theoretical knowledge of law (J.D. from a law school) and an academic test of memorization (the bar exam). Licensed attorneys’ grounding in practical skills consists almost entirely of unsystematic, on-the-job improvisation. Ad hoc “qualification” whose adequacy […]

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